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My Story…

May 24, 2020 I'll be running the Scotiabank Ottawa 1/2 marathon in honour of my Dad, John Byrne who passed away from Pancreatic cancer June 26, 2012. Running with the MEMC(Make every Moment Count) Crew is so fitting as my Dad had such a passion and appreciation for life.
He loved sports and although never a runner himself, he was my #1 fan. I'll never forget his ear to ear smile and bone crushing hug after I finished my first Marathon in 1979. Years later at the age of 75 he ran around the track and across the finish line with me at IM Lake Placid. I had to ask him to slow down! Again, there was that ear to ear smile!
By the time he was diagnosed he was stage 4 with no chance of survival. Sadly, this is common with Pancreatic cancer. It's the most deadly yet underfunded cancer!!
Please help me raise money for research and awareness of this cruel disease.
100% of money raised will go directly to Dr. Jon Bell's oncolytic virus and Car T cell research at the Ottawa Hospital.
Thank you!!


You have the power to ensure patients at The Ottawa Hospital have access to world-class care, and that research continues to break down barriers. Register for Canada’s biggest marathon weekend and Run for a Reason to support The Ottawa Hospital! Better yet, bring a team together of work colleagues, family, or friends to raise funds to support an area of The Ottawa Hospital that matters most to you. Stay tuned for exciting fundraising incentives and prizes for our Run for a Reason participants!


Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
Feb 24 Lindsay Reagh $50.00
Feb 23 Michelle Addley-Beaulne Way to go Nan! In memory of one of my favourite childhood dads sadly taken to soon... ❤️Michelle $50.00
Feb 23 Miriam Byrne $200.00
Feb 23 Barbara Hansson $25.00
Feb 23 Ken & Sadie $200.00
Feb 23 Tim Byrne $200.00